Pearl River repeat offender could get life sentence after robbery conviction

Pearl River man with a long criminal record faces between 40 years and life in prison after a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted him of two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of simple attempted robbery for crimes he committed in April. Elliot Galloway, 43, will be sentenced Dec. 14 by Judge Peter Garcia of the 22nd Judicial Court.

In a news release issued Friday (Nov. 10), North Shore District Attorney Warren Montgomery‘s Office said Galloway’s extensive criminal record will likely mean a sentence of between 40 years to life in prison. In unusual testimony during his trial, Galloway admitted to the jury that he would “probably live longer in jail,” according to the news release.  

The crime spree began just after midnight April 15 when Galloway entered a convenience store and gas station and demanded money from the cash register while placing his hand in his sweat shirt to imply he had a gun, according to the news release. Fearing he had a gun, the clerk handed over the money and called 911.

Later that morning, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report that a suspect, later identified in a lineup as Galloway, had tried to rob another convenience store and gas station between 4 a.m. and 4:15 a.m. Witnesses described the suspect and the car he was driving, and while searching for the vehicle, officers received a call about a third robbery at a Circle K, according to the news release.

In the Circle K robbery, Galloway approached the counter about 4:19 a.m., ordered the clerk to give him all the money in the register or he “would start killing people,” the district attorney’s office reported in the release. As the clerk put the money in a bag, Galloway ordered her not to call the police right away, put his hand in his pocket, and threatened her again.

A short time later, deputies later arrested Galloway, who was found slouched in the seat of a car matching the description provided by victims. His door was open, he was parked near another gas station, and he resisted as officers tried to take him into custody. A pocket knife was recovered from the seat of the car, according to the news release.

During the trial, Galloway admitted to the robberies and to threatening to kill the clerk, but he claimed he never implied he had a gun. He also said he’d spent 17 years of his life in jail.

Galloway’s prior convictions include first-degree robbery in 1997, obscenity in 2003, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2009,…

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